Moisturizing Before and After Microneedling May Aid Healing

Using a multi-ingredient antiaging facial moisturizer before and after radiofrequency microneedling is associated with significant improvements in skin attributes, such as radiance, tone, and smoothness, according to study results published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Researchers assessed the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of the multi‐ingredient antiaging face moisturizer (DEJ face cream) in an open-label clinical study. They evaluated women who used the moisturizer for 2 weeks, received a radiofrequency microneedling procedure, and then used the moisturizer again for another 4 weeks.

Clinical evaluations using the Glogau Wrinkle Scale, full‐face global skin attributes, and tolerability assessments were performed at each visit, and patient evaluations were completed at the final visit to assess procedure satisfaction. Data and pictures were collected at baseline, week 2, week 4, and week 6.

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Hair Loss and Balding: Hidden Viruses Could Be the Culprit

Latent, or hidden, viruses could be the cause of hair loss in women, suggests research published recently in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

In the study, researchers Hanan Polansky, PhD, and Emily H. Kestenbaum, MD, describe how certain latent viruses cause hair loss and balding. The study uses the Microcompetition Model introduced by Polansky to explain how certain latent viruses increase the expression of the 5α-reductase gene in infected individuals. Since certain latent viruses are the cause of hair loss, future treatments should target these viruses, they suggest, in a media release from The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD).

According to the study, certain viral genes compete with cellular genes for genetic resources. When someone is infected with a virus that carries such a gene, the viral gene increases the production of the 5α-reductase and the androgen receptor in the scalp of the infected individual. The increase of these proteins leads to hair loss and balding, according to the researchers.

Currently, there are no approved drugs that target latent viruses. The current antiviral drugs only target replicating viruses, or viruses that are in an active state. The CBCD recommends that people who suffer from hair loss and balding try dietary supplements that target latent viruses, or treatments that boost the immune system against latent viruses, per the release.

[Source(s): The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease, PR Newswire]